NOTTINGHAMSHIRE STALKING ADVOCACY SERVICE
Stalking is a pattern of unwanted, repeated behaviour that can leave you feeling scared or distressed. You don’t have to be threatened with violence to be a victim of stalking.
Any kind of persistent, unwanted contact that causes distress is still stalking and is unacceptable.
Sometimes stalking behaviours can seem small on their own. But when they’re combined into a pattern that follows FOUR: Fixated, Obsessed, Unwanted, Repeated: You should record it and report it before it escalates further.
The Nottinghamshire Stalking Advocacy Service provides high quality support to victims of non-domestic stalking who are aged 16 or above and live in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
It works alongside Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire Childrens social care and Nottinghamshire Police to support younger victims of non-domestic stalking as required.
Professionals and the public are able to refer themselves or someone they are working with to this service with their explicit consent
The Nottinghamshire Stalking Advocacy service has specialist trained advocates who will support you.
If you are experiencing stalking then the Stalking Advocacy Service can:
- Assess risk using specialist tools
- Create a bespoke safety plan with you
- Identify and support your needs and wishes
- Support with reporting to the police
- Support with civil legal interventions
- Signpost to solicitors
- Support with housing applications
- Discuss/identify your options
- Provide emotional support and refer to counselling services
- Advocate with other agencies
The Stalking Advocacy Service aims to:
- Reduce risk and increase your safety
- Listen to and believe you
- Increase confidence in reporting
- Advocate and support your wishes
Professionals and the public are able to refer themselves or someone they are working with to this service with their explicit consent.
Please find referral form; where to refer it to is on the referral form.
This is not a referral form for a person who discloses their own stalking behaviour.
You do not have to fill in any other document other than the referral form, the stalking service will assess the situation with the person referred in.
If the experience fits within the domestic abuse definition
The UK government’s definition of domestic violence is ‘any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional.’
Domestic abuse can take different forms, including:
- physical abuse
- sexual abuse
- financial abuse
- coercive and controlling behaviour, and gaslighting/emotional abuse
- digital/online abuse
- ‘honour’-based abuse
- forced marriage
- female genital mutilation (FGM).
please refer into the commissioned domestic abuse services.
North Nottinghamshire – Bassetlaw, Mansfield and Newark and Sherwood – Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid (information is on our referral page)
Nottingham city and South Nottinghamshire – Junos website
To support men aged 16 years and over, living in Nottingham city and 18 years and over living in Nottinghamshire county – Equation website
DO NOT ENGAGE OR RESPOND TO YOUR STALKER
(Any Contact May Encourage Your Stalker To Continue With Their Behaviour)
Discourage Your Friends And Family From Challenging Your Stalker, This Could Put You Or Them At Greater Risk Of Harm.
Report Incidents Of Stalking To The Police It Is A CRIME either by ringing 999 or 101